Slightly slimmer majority of 52% still demands net neutrality

November 30, 2017

Net neutrality has lost some of its advocates since Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced last April that he planned to eliminate Obama-era regulations on Internet service providers.

A nationwide poll conducted by Morning Consult and Politico, and released on November 29, has determined that 52% of registered voters support net neutrality regulations now, compared with 18% who say they don’t.

The new poll shows an 8-percentage-point decline in support for the rules since the pollsters’ previous survey in June, when 60% of respondents supported net neutrality. At that time, only 17% of the American electorate—mostly Republicans—opposed the regulations.

What exactly is net neutrality? It is a principle that prohibits high-speed Internet service providers from stopping. slowing down, or prioritizing the delivery of website content or applications. It also prevents such providers from charging additional fees for high-quality streaming and other services.

The issue has been one of the very few recently that cuts across party lines, according to a report by CNBC. Fully 55% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans said in the latest survey that they support net neutrality.

However, despite the change in polling results, Morning Consult said the research suggests net neutrality “has not captured the nation’s attention.”

According to CNBC, Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s co-founder and chief research officer, said that only 46% of Americans “say they have heard a lot or some about net neutrality recently,” compared with 67% for tax reform.

The poll contacted 1,994 U.S. voters from November. 21 through November 25.

Research contact: mbaksh@morningconsult.com

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